The Gender Equity Resource Center offers educational opportunities through a variety of staff and student led workshops. Workshops for campus organizations and departments are free, though we ask you submit workshop requests at least two weeks in advance. The earlier we recieve a request the more likely we will be able to accommodate your requested dates. Workshop requests from off-campus organizations will be considered, though availability may be restricted, and will only be presented for a fee.
* For info about the Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Education Requirement, click the "Education & Training" tab on http://survivorsupport.berkeley.edu/learn-more.
We share a workshop request form with our other colleagues in the Centers for Educational Justice and Community Engagement. When you are filling out the form, please indicate you would like a workshop from the Gender Equity Resource Center. Please click here to request a workshop!
Workshops by Category
(Scroll down for descriptions of each workshop)
- General Self-Defense Intro (varies)
- QT (Queer & Trans) Self-Defense (2 hrs)
- Rape Aggression Defense for Women (9-12hrs)
- Resisting Aggression with Defense for Men (9-12hrs)
- Self-Defense for Self-Determination (2 hrs)
- Healthy Relationships
- Sexual Harassment
- Spectrum of Sexual Violence (sexual assault, stalking, dating violence and domestic violence)
Cal Self Defense for All (CSDA) is a program that addresses violence and harassment in our community by empowering members of our community to know about the problem, develop personal strategies, and learn about physical resistive techniques in a supportive environment. Building on our current CalRAD Program (using Rape Aggression Defense Systems curriculum) that is focused on women, we are expanding this programs to include more offerings like R.A.D. for Men and specific programming addressing the needs of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ+) community on campus.
Remaining Classes for Fall 2018
Self Defense for Self Determination:
Intro to Self Defense and De-escalation Strategies
Wednesday 11/14/2018, 5-7pm
Putnam Main Lounge at Unit 1, 2650 Durant Ave
This workshop will be led by Mamie Chow, who holds a 3rd degree black belt from Wild Crane Rising Martial Arts, a community-based school that trains in a contemporary style of Tae Kwon Do. Mamie's approach to self defense values social justice, preventing verbal and physical violence, and creating an encouraging space to practice self and community defense skills. In the last couple of years, we have seen an increase in hate crimes, harassment and bullying that targets every minority group -- it is vital for us to have safe spaces to practice how to assess and handle these situations so that we are better prepared if we become targets or witness others being targeted.
There will be ample time to strategize and practice dealing with challenging situations that have occurred or may occur on UC Berkeley's campus or classrooms. Upcoming workshops will feature:
-Increasing your awareness and confident body language
-Practicing verbal boundary-setting
-How to stay calm in stressful, potentially dangerous situations
-What to do when you see someone else getting harassed
-Important things to consider in assessing whether or not to get involved
-Practicing verbal de-escalation
-A range of physical tactics (such as using everyday items in your bag to protect yourself, defensive blocks and strikes)
Workshops are set every semester, and can be requested based on instructor availability. Please email email@example.com for more information.
- Do you know how to respond if a staff member you supervise initiates a gender confirmation plan to undergo transition in the workplace?
- Are you aware that many students and other staff members use pronouns such as “they” and “ze”?
- Gender identity is a protected category in state non-discrimination law and campus non-discrimination policy, are you are aware of what you need to know to be in compliance?
- You've never been to a trans-focused workshop before - you may not know what you don't know!